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June 5, 2001 Cubs select Mark Prior.

Written By Bruce Weirauch

June 5, 2001 Cubs select Mark Prior with the 2nd overall pick in the MLB draft. The Minnesota Twins were criticized for taking Joe Mauer, which worked out for them, ahead of Prior. Had the Twins taken Prior, the Cubs were set to take Mark Teixeira.

The Cubs signed Prior to a contract for $10.5 million, which stood as the record amount for a draft pick until 2009. He pitched for the Chicago Cubs from 2002 to 2006 in a career that was marred by injuries.

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